One day, after John Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton said that the missiles launched by North Korea earlier this month violated a US Security Council resolution, the president said that the launch of "small arms" by Kim Jong Un does not bother him.
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The president, who spent Sunday morning playing golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, went on to say that he is confident that Kim "will keep his promise" not to launch missiles and think about Kim's recent insult against the presidential candidate and the former vice president Joe Biden – calling him an "individual with low IQ", the same language used by Trump – is a "signal" to him. He also incorrectly wrote Biden's name – as "Bidan" – in an initial tweet, before correcting it and sending it again.
Trump wrote on Twitter, "North Korea fired some small weapons, which disturbed some of mine and others, but not me. I trust that President Kim will keep his promise and will smile even when he called Swampman Joe Biden IQ individual, and worse, maybe this is sending me a signal?
North Korea fired some small weapons, which disturbed some of mine, and others, but not me. I trust that President Kim will keep his promise to me, and he also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Biden an individual with low IQ, and worse. Is he sending me a signal?
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 26 May 2019
A Biden campaign aide responded after the tweet, saying: "" I would say the tweet speaks for itself, but it is so upset and irregular that I'm not sure anyone can say it with a straight face. "
The same assistant said of the president's tweet that corrects the spelling of Biden's name: "The spelling mistake was not the main problem with the first one."
While Trump tried to run the recent North Korean launch, both Bolton and Japan accused North Korea of violating U.N. Bolton's comments were the first time a US official said that North Korea was in violation.
The Trump administration is trying to keep the diplomatic doors open to North Korea, although Bolton has admitted that the United States has not "listened much" to North Korea from the last Hanoi summit. He said the US special envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun did not receive any contact from his counterpart in Pyongyang.
Bolton also said he supports Japan's efforts to sit down to negotiate with Kim. Abe has not yet met the North Korean leader.
Japanese officials said that during Trump's four-day state visit, Abe will introduce Trump to the families of Japanese abducted by North Koreans. Trump had a similar meeting during his last visit to Japan. The release of Japanese abductees is a top priority for Abe.
Despite Kim's defense, the two foreign leaders seemed to go to great agreement on the golf course on Sunday. Abe tweeted a photo of the two smiling students of the course talking about an "unshakable" alliance between the two countries in Japanese.
和 初 の 国賓 と し て お 迎 え し た ト ラ ン プ 大 統領 と 千葉 で ゴ ル で す.し い 令 和 の 時代 も 日 米 同盟 を さ ら に 揺 る な い も の と し て い た い と 考 え. pic.twitter.com/8ol8790xWY
– 安 倍 晋 三 (@AbeShinzo) 26 May 2019
Trump himself tweeted about the golf round – a pastime that both leaders joined – and his love for the former South African champion and nine-time champion Gary Player.
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